Bulgarian Energy Minister Temenouzhka Petkova met Thursday with European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic in charge of the Energy Union andbriefed him on the progress in the work for the gas interconnectors between Bulgaria and neighbouring countries, Petkova's Ministry said in a press release.
The meeting between the two took place during the Ministerial Conference on a new International Energy Charter held at the Hague.
Sefcovic welcomed the progress made by the Bulgarian government in the projects for the gas interconnectors. It also emerged at the meeting that an opinion is about to be received vis-a-vis the technical and legal study of the project to build a gas hub on the territory of Bulgaria.
Petkova recalled the agreements reached in Sofia at the end of April with the shareholders in the joint project company ICGB for the interconnector with Greece about the budget. She said procedures have been opened for compulsory purchase of land along the route of the gas interconnector with Greece. Petkova said that a grant made available by the EC for the project has had a key importance in its implementation since it averted the risk of delays.